Gladstone already has a viable and well maintained network of rail which connects the city to the rest of the country.
Acting PM says Gladstone should be connected to inland rail
Something to think about - PoB is foreign owned and Gladstone is QLD owned. ARTC have already made the choice of sending coal to PoB to the surprise/delight of the foreigners!The ARTC presently has absolutely no role in coal trains to PoB. Zero, nothing, period. All that is being done by QR and Aurizon....
And not to mention Brisbane's Queensland Bulk Handling Coal Port at Fisherman Islands is owned by the New Hope Group (and has been for the last thirty years), a majority Australian-owned company.Something to think about - PoB is foreign owned and Gladstone is QLD owned. ARTC have already made the choice of sending coal to PoB to the surprise/delight of the foreigners!The ARTC presently has absolutely no role in coal trains to PoB. Zero, nothing, period. All that is being done by QR and Aurizon....
correct me if im wrong but I seem to remember the original inland rail plan going all the way to cairns? with a few connection points to coastal cities. why did the cairns pat get scrapped?If I recall it went up through Miles, Banana and then branch to PoG and then off too Mt Isa and Darwin. May have been a branch to T'ville or basically DG the Mt Isa line.
The idea of connecting Gladstone to the SG system all depends on the traffic offering. I can't see there being enough to make it worthwhile in the foreseeable future. There really is not much traffic on the SW and Western NG systems after Ackland finishes up. Maybe one or two SG coal trains a day from Columboola and maybe one intermodal? If there were more mines along the way the traffic might be there but with the way the environment is going I can't see more coal expansion being politically acceptable.The Govt funded Inland has been a progressive funded project with a common timeline across now two changes in govt over 15 to 20 years. Unlike some overseas country's Modern Australian politics rarely commits major funded projects that take two decades to build in one project. Rather its done in steps. The next step is funded to I think North Star.
I think our friend Barnaby is flying kites, get his name in the news, pander to his constituency, look like they are doing something.
All this takes focus away from the real issue, the IRL. Barnaby's sprouting just muddies the water and gives the impression that the LNP still hasn't committed fully to the IRL.
I'll believe it when they start digging through the Toowoomba range.